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Hiking Kungsleden: Abiskojaure to Abisko

Hiking Kungsleden: Abiskojaure to Abisko

The hike from Abiskojaure to Abisko would be our last day on the trail so it’s bittersweet to say the least. Excited to greet the day’s adventure but a bit sad for the last day out in the wilderness with friends. I was up around sunrise and just soaked in the soft light of the [...]


Hiking Kungsleden: Alesjaure to Abiskojaure

Hiking Kungsleden: Alesjaure to Abiskojaure

Hiking from Alesjaure to Abiskojaure would present quite an adventure for us and just a few laughs along the way. All the stuff that makes for a great hike. I was glad not to have been blown away by the high winds that howled through the night. My camping spot below the ridge and under [...]


Hiking Kungsleden: Tjäktja to Alesjaure

Hiking Kungsleden: Tjäktja to Alesjaure

  Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. I’d like to say that we looked at the weather forecast in advance and checked the wind predictions very carefully. But we didn’t. We looked at the terrain and thought a lot about where we would like to start and finish and  examined the BD 6 [...]


Hiking Kungsleden: Sälka to Tjäktja

Hiking Kungsleden: Sälka to Tjäktja

Was a fantastic early morning in the beautiful area around Sälka. Fog lingering in the river valleys mirrored the clouds mostly obscuring the surrounding mountain peaks. Winds were calm and fall colors added pleasing golds as far as you could see. Great time to be out around sunrise and just take in the  solitude and [...]


Hiking Kungsleden: Singi to Sälka

Hiking Kungsleden: Singi to Sälka

The second night of our kungsleden adventure was a cold crisp night with an incredibly bright full moon rising from low on the horizon. Ice was still hanging on to the tent’s rain fly while I was crawling out of the sleeping bag to a cold arctic morning. The area around Singi was covered in [...]


Hiking Kungsleden: Kebnekaise to Singi

Hiking Kungsleden: Kebnekaise to Singi

  Very difficult to leave the mountain station at Kebnekasie. Fantastic place to stay in the cabins or camp in the birch forest nearby. But it was time to head on down the trail to Singi and the weather was incredible for our second day of hiking. First, when you leave Kebnekaise you pass just [...]


Hiking Kungsleden: Tarfala Wild and Beautiful

Hiking Kungsleden: Tarfala Wild and Beautiful

  In planning the backpacking trip between Nikkaluokta and Abisko there were a number of possibilities for day hikes or places to camp that might be far from the main trail. Easily the one hike that captured my imagination immediately was the trip to Tarfala. Just looking at the map you see a really rugged [...]


Hiking Kungsleden: Nikkaluokta – Kebnekaise Day 1

Hiking Kungsleden: Nikkaluokta - Kebnekaise Day 1

So much to enjoy about Nikkaluokta, fantastic launching pad to begin our backpacking trip on the Kungsleden. For starters, Nikkaluokta is actually fairly easy to reach after the flight from Stockholm to Kiruna. It’s only about an hour bus ride to Nikkaluokta. Nikkaluokta has a several types of cabin accommodations and of course you can [...]


Autumn in the Aspens Photo Tour 2014

Autumn in the Aspens Photo Tour 2014

Create. Inspire. Connect. These are the three ideas around which we launched the Focal Point Academy Tours in 2014. And certainly we had a chance to experience all three in the Autumn in the Aspens Photo Tour which was based in the Gunnison National Forest outside of Crested Butte. In planning a tour you pick [...]


Gear for the Journey: Photographing while Backpacking

Gear for the Journey: Photographing while Backpacking

Hey what can possibly be more fun than photographing and backpacking? A chance to to have some adventure and spend some quality time photographing the landscape is something to savor. And so the preparing, planning and getting things together in advance is also a part of the adventure too. Really builds the anticipation.  There are [...]


Free Desktop Wallpaper: Blue Ridge Mountains

Free Desktop Wallpaper: Blue Ridge Mountains

  Last light falling on the Blue Ridge Mountains.   Click on the correct size below to match the resolution of your monitor. 1920 Wide 1680 Wide 1280 Wide   Macs: For Safari users, once the image appears in your browser, right click (or control+click) with your mouse and choose ” use image as desktop”. [...]


Free Desktop Wallpaper: Great Smoky Mountains

Free Desktop Wallpaper: Great Smoky Mountains

Beautiful first light falling over Sparks Lane in the heart of Cades Cove. The fog adds a bit of mood to the scene highlighted by the dogwood tree in full bloom.   Click on the correct size below to match the resolution of your monitor. 1920 Wide 1680 Wide 1280 Wide     Macs: For [...]


New Print Folio: Southwest Dreams

New Print Folio: Southwest Dreams

  Very excited to offer a new print folio which is titled Southwest Dreams. The folio is a collection of 12 prints on 8.5″ x 11″ Canson Baryta Photographique paper and housed in a die cut archival cover. Print folios are a great way to experience the subtle tonalities and details of a fine print [...]


Free Desktop Wallpaper: Canyon de Chelly

Free Desktop Wallpaper: Canyon de Chelly

  Dancing light at Spider Rock in Canyon de Chelly National Monument. Navajo land in Northern Arizona. Click on the correct size below to match the resolution of your monitor. 1920 wide 1680 wide 1280 wide   Macs: For Safari users, once the image appears in your browser, right click (or control+click) with your mouse [...]


Free Desktop Wallpaper: Horseshoe Bend

Free Desktop Wallpaper: Horseshoe Bend

  Painted colors in the sky and desert just outside of Page, Arizona at Horseshoe Bend. Click on the correct size below to match the resolution of your monitor. 1920 wide 1680 wide 1280 wide   Macs: For Safari users, once the image appears in your browser, right click (or control+click) with your mouse and [...]


Everglades e-Book review by Paul Marcellini

Everglades e-Book review by Paul Marcellini

  I’ve been a fan of Paul Marcellini’s work for some time now and have also been really eager to return to South Florida and photograph for a long time. So, I was very excited to see Paul release a PDF e-Book on photographing the Everglades. I think if you have limited amounts to time [...]


Free Desktop Wallpaper: Gunnison National Forest

Free Desktop Wallpaper: Gunnison National Forest

  Early morning light falling on the distant mountain ridges in the Gunnison National Forest. The timing was right with the alpine wildflowers in full bloom and the winds were just calm enough for the long exposure. Fantastic morning in the high country. Click on the correct size below to match the resolution of your [...]


Free Desktop Wallpaper: Roan Mountain Morning

Free Desktop Wallpaper: Roan Mountain Morning

  Early morning light at Roan Mountain showing the view from Jane Bald to Round Bald with Catawba Rhododendron in bloom in the foreground.   Click on the correct size below to match the resolution of your monitor. 1920 wide 1680 wide 1280 wide   Macs: For Safari users, once the image appears in your [...]


Spence Field and Russell Field Hike Report

Spence Field and Russell Field Hike Report

  It’s great to have hiking friends who will call you up on  Friday afternoon and say, “Hey, what are you doing this weekend?”. Such is my friend Mark who loves to take off for some intense hiking. It’s cool because he really doesn’t care where we go, just that we get away and spend [...]


Art in the Wildflower

Art in the Wildflower

Woodland wildflowers of the early spring are always a welcome sign to me and a subject that I l love to photograph. Although there are some challenges to photographing wildflowers, the composition possibilities are endless   and you’ll never run out of ways to explore this amazing display. One of the challenges you’ll encounter when [...]


Cades Cove Magic

Cades Cove Magic

A morning at Cades Cove usually turns out to be a morning well spent. No matter how many times I’ve visited, each morning turns out to be different, offering something interesting to photograph. The Cove takes you back in time a little bit, makes you think about what life might have been like 100-150 years [...]


Art of the Crop: Composition in Post

Art of the Crop: Composition in Post

  How you decide to crop an image is a definite artistic choice, one that you make in the field and certainly one that you can make in the digital dark room. And with the Virtual Copy feature in Lightroom you can make different crops and see what works best without consuming a ton of [...]


Return to Spring: Great Smoky Mountains

Return to Spring: Great Smoky Mountains

Springtime in the mountains is always something I look forward to. The sense of anticipation of spring really begins to build and I can’t get to the Smokies quite fast enough! Part of the excitement is the unknown. Although I’ve been to the Smokies every spring for many years, each visit reveals something new. There [...]


eBook review: Visual Flow by Ian Plant with George Stocking

eBook review: Visual Flow by Ian Plant with George Stocking

  Ian Plant and the crew at the Dreamscapes blog are a group of talented photographers who also happen to be great writers that infuse quite a bit of humor into their posts. They produce must-read material for the landscape photographer in particular. Visual Flow is an ebook by Ian Plant and George Stocking that [...]